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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/RELATIONSHIP ABUSE

According to a Bureau of Justice report, women age 16-24 experience the highest per capita rate of intimate violence in the United States. This means that women in college are at risk of being victims of domestic violence. Sometimes women stay in violent relationships because they: feel like they don't deserve better, lack of positive models for resolving relationship conflicts or believe that jealousy and controlling behavior is a demonstration of "real love." While the majority of victims of domestic violence are women, men can also be victimized and should seek assistance when needed. Despite the fact that all relationships take work, a healthy relationship should allow for both parties to feel better about self, not worse. Leaving unhealthy relationships can be difficult because with jealousy and controlling behavior often comes isolation from supports. Oftentimes it may be necessary to seek advice/counseling outside the relationship to accurately assess the health of your relationship.

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